Styra, which develops tools to manage authorization for cloud-native application environments, raises $40M Series B led by Battery Ventures
As cloud-native apps continue to become increasingly central to how organizations operate, a startup founded by the creators of a popular open-source tool to manage authorization for cloud-native application environments is announcing some funding to expand its efforts at commercializing the opportunity. Styra, the startup behind Open Policy Agent, has picked up $40 million in […]
Vodafone's Vodacom partners with Alibaba to develop VodaPay, an app for South African customers that lets them take out loans, shop online, and make payments
Piano, which offers analytics, subscription, and personalization tools for publishers, raises $88M Series B, bringing its total raised to $241M+
As publishers face up to whatever might be their next existential crisis — there are so many options from which to choose, including Substack stealing all their writers; or Clubhouse pulling in people through audio-based conversations where news and analysis intermingle seamlessly with networking — a startup that’s helping them build more tools to keep […]
Sources: Apple is grappling with continued supply chain issues for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro's mini-LED display, compounding a 1.5 month wait for the tablet
Many ransomware strains like DarkSide's will not install on Windows PCs with specific virtual keyboards enabled, like Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian
Singapore-based Thunes, a cross-border payments service, raises $60M led by Insight Partners
The world of digital payments is very fragmented, with different types of online bank accounts, digital wallets and money transfer services used in different countries. Singapore-based Thunes, a fintech focused on making cross-border money transfers easier, announced today it has raised a $60 million growth round led by Insight Partners. One of the world’s largest […]
Explorium, which provides external data to enhance enterprises' internal AI and analytics datasets, raises $75M Series C, bringing its total raised to $127M+
External data provider Explorium raises $75M in new funding - SiliconANGLE
Sources: Apple is planning MacBooks Pros, Airs, Mac Pros, Mac minis, and larger iMacs with faster CPUs, new IO, more; MacBook Pro could debut as soon as summer
Apple Inc. is preparing to release several new Mac laptops and desktops with faster processors, new designs and improved connectivity to external devices, accelerating the company’s effort to replace Intel Corp. chips and leapfrog rival PC makers.
Apple says new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K will be available around the world starting May 21
Beginning May 21, customers can get their hands on the all-new iMac, the M1-powered iPad Pro, and the next generation of Apple TV 4K.
iMac 24-inch (M1 2021) review: great CPU, sleek design, and good webcam, but limited ports, not the best value for money, can't upgrade anything after purchase
Apple’s latest iMac comes with a completely new design and the M1 processor. It’s a step up over the old 21.5-inch model in every way except for how many ports are on the back. If you’re looking for an all-in-one for home use, the new 24-inch iMac is hard to beat.
Facebook debuts “Live Shopping Fridays” event series, featuring brands live streaming beauty, skincare, and fashion content on a weekly basis starting May 22
Facebook wants to whet consumers’ appetite for live streamed shopping with this week’s launch of “Live Shopping Fridays” event series, which will see larger brands live streaming beauty, skincare, and fashion content on a weekly basis. The event begins Friday, May 22nd and runs through mid-July, with streams from brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, Bobbi […]
Foxconn says it will form a joint venture with carmaker Stellantis to work on in-car and connected-car tech across the auto industry
Carmaker Stellantis and iPhone assembler Foxconn plan to create a joint venture to supply in-car and connected-car technologies across the auto industry, they said on Tuesday.
Artificial, which develops software to help life science laboratories automate R&D work, raises $21.5M Series A led by Microsoft's M12
Automation is extending into every aspect of how organizations get work done, and today comes news of a startup that is building tools for one industry in particular: life sciences. Artificial, which has built a software platform for laboratories to assist with, or in some cases fully automate, research and development work, has raised $21.5 […]
Profile of fashion e-commerce app Shein, which ranks #1 in the App Store's Shopping category in 56 countries and is the most trafficked fashion site globally
The Quiet Chinese Quindecacorn Taking Over America’s Gen Z Shoppers
Pinterest introduces Idea Pins, which allow creators to make content using video, music, creative editing tools, and more, with up to 20 stories per Pin
Pinterest is expanding further into the creator community with today’s launch of a video-first feature called “Idea Pins,” aimed at creators who want to tell their stories using video, music, creative editing tools and more. The feature feels a lot like Pinterest’s own take on TikTok, mixed with Stories, as the new Pins allow creators […]
London-based Copper, which offers crypto custody, payment settlement, and prime brokerage services, raises $50M Series B led by Dawn Capital and Target Global
London-based crypto custodian Copper has raised $50 million in a Series B round led by Dawn Capital and Target Global.
Germany's Federal Cartel Office says it has opened a proceeding against Amazon over antitrust risks and possible anti-competitive practices
Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO) is seeking to make swift use of a new competition tool to target big tech — announcing today that it’s opened a proceeding against ecommerce giant Amazon. If the FCO confirms that Amazon is of “paramount significance for competition across markets” — as defined by an amendment to the German […]
Back Market, a marketplace for refurbished electronics gadgets, raises $335M Series D led by General Atlantic at a $3.2B valuation
French startup Back Market — a marketplace for refurbished electronics goods — has raised a $335 million Series D funding round led by General Atlantic. Today’s funding round values the startup — which says it now has 5 million customers globally — at $3.2 billion, the company said. It will be using the funding to […]
Apple's M1 Macs feel faster than Intel models due to M1's optimization of QoS, which puts background tasks on “efficiency” cores even when the system is idle
By segregating macOS background tasks on Efficiency cores, M1 Macs can run user apps unfettered on their Performance cores. And that feels really fast.
BukuKas, whose app offers digital bookkeeping, online payments, and e-commerce services to small businesses in Indonesia, raises $50M Series B
BukuKas, a startup focused on digitizing Indonesia’s small businesses, has raised $50 million in Series B funding. The round included participation from Gokul Rajaram, the DoorDash executive, and Taavet Hinrikus, co-founder and chief executive officer of TransferWise. This news comes just four months after BukuKas announced a $10 million Series A led by Sequoia Capital India. […]
[Thread] Apple built its own hardware security modules for its iCloud infrastructure in China after sources say China refused to certify HSMs made by Thales
Court doc: Twitter fought a subpoena from DOJ under Trump to identify the person behind an account mocking Rep. Devin Nunes; source: DOJ under Biden withdrew
An unsealed court filing shows that the social media company fought the subpoena, which the Biden administration is said to have withdrawn.
Oculus' latest update for its Quest headsets adds a Live Overlay casting feature that allows mixed reality capture with just an iPhone model XS or newer
The new v29 software feature rolling out now to Oculus Quest and Quest 2 brings some anticipated features, like Live Overlay, which can record you and your VR content. Other features include a file manager, mic recording, and more.
French startup Ankorstore, an online B2B marketplace connecting independent shop owners with brands, raises $102M Series B led by Tiger Global and Bain Capital
French startup Ankorstore has raised a $102 million Series B funding round (€84 million). Tiger Global and Bain Capital Ventures are leading today’s funding round with existing investors Index Ventures, GFC, Alven and Aglaé also participating. This is a significant funding round, as it comes just a few months after the company raised €25 million. […]
Bright Machines, which uses robotics and AI to automate manufacturing tasks, is merging with a SPAC to go public at a $1.6B post-deal valuation
The creator of a platform that uses artificial intelligence and robotics to automate tasks in manufacturing is combining with the SPAC SCVX.
Transport for London and London Councils select Dott, Lime, and Tier Mobility for its pilot run of e-scooter rentals, starting June 7 and lasting up to a year
Transport for London and London Councils have announced Dott, Lime and Tier Mobility as the winners of its prized e-scooter pilot, confirming last month’s suspicions based on job postings by the companies. Last year, the government legalized e-scooter rental trials by local authorities, although private e-scooter riding is still illegal. This legislation spurred the launch of […]
The California DMV says Tesla is “under review” to determine if the company is misleading its customers by advertising its “full self-driving capability” option
A review of Tesla's claims around its self-driving technology comes after a spate of accidents and videos showing owners 'driving' from the back seat.
Coinbase launches a Chrome extension for Coinbase Wallet, making it easier to access dapps like Uniswap and Compound on desktop
Phil Schiller testifies that the App Store drove $400B in physical sales in 2019, which Apple did not take a cut of, and Apple spends ~$50M per year on WWDC
Apple claims that its App Store drove $400 billion worth of physical purchases in a single year, and that — unlike digital purchases and subscriptions — Apple doesn’t take a cent of that money.
Facebook's VP of AR and VR Hugo Barra says he is leaving the company after a four year tenure and that he plans to “explore the healthcare technology space”
The company’s vice president of augmented and virtual reality says he wants to move into health care tech. He’s departing the social media giant before the release of its smart glasses, a product he worked on and teased last year.
Job listings indicate that DoorDash is preparing to launch in Germany, in what would be company's first foray into Europe
Leading US food delivery app readies expansion in Berlin as European competition hots up
Source: Amazon is in talks to acquire MGM, in what would be its biggest move to expand into entertainment
Amazon is in discussionsto acquire MGM, said a person familiar with the situation, in what would be the ecommerce giant’s biggest move yet to expand in entertainment. MGM owns a major film library, with interests in the long running James Bond franchise as well as other well known titles such as ...
Amount, which helps banks modernize and compete with fintechs, raises $99M Series D at a $1B+ valuation
Amount, a company that provides technology to banks and financial institutions, has raised $99 million in a Series D funding round at a valuation of just over $1 billion. WestCap, a growth equity firm founded by ex-Airbnb and Blackstone CFO Laurence Tosi, led the round. Hanaco Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Invus Opportunities and Barclays Principal Investments […]
Twilio announces it is acquiring business texting startup Zipwhip, which is based in Seattle and employs ~275 people, for $850M in a cash and stock deal
Twilio, a communications software company with Seattle roots, is acquiring Seattle-based business-texting startup Zipwhip for approximately $850 million in a…
FTC says that US consumers have lost $2M+ in cryptocurrency to scammers impersonating Elon Musk over the past six months
Consumers lost over $2 million in cryptocurrency to scammers impersonating Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk over the last six months.
Sources detail how Apple relented to escalating demands from China, making changes to governance of its Chinese users' data and agreeing to censor its platforms
Apple built the world’s most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.
Apple is working on wireless earbuds called Beats Studio Buds that will support noise cancellation, according to files in beta versions of iOS 14.6
With the release of iOS 14.6 RC today for developers, Apple is preparing to release Apple Music Lossless. At the same time, 9to5Mac found something that hasn’t been announced by the company until now: a new Beats Studio earbuds. According to the internal iOS 14.6 files, Apple is working on new earbuds under the Beats […]
Elon Musk is either trading on his unique ability to move the price of Bitcoin and Dogecoin, or just trolling, and both scenarios are bizarre and incredible
Also a Musk Doge bot, Ethereum Allen, boredom markets and NFTs.
Apple confirms that the Bluetooth AAC codec used by AirPods Pro and AirPods Max does not support Apple Music's new lossless streaming
Apple today announced that starting in June, Apple Music songs will be available to stream in Lossless and Hi-Resolution Lossless formats, but...
Docs: Google's state policy manager attended a policy working group led by the Republican State Leadership Committee that worked on voter suppression proposals
Several large corporations that have recently issued public statements supporting voting rights — including Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup — are also funding and collaborating with a top Republican group advocating for new voter suppression laws. Internal documents obtained by Popular Information and Documented reveal the corporations participated in a "policy working group" on "election integrity" with the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), a party organization that is actively supporting new voter suppression bills. Participation in the roundtable required a minimum annual contribution of $15,000 to the RSLC.
After Eufy device owners noticed they could access others' cameras and live feeds, Eufy says it was a bug and all users should log out and reset their cameras
As we reported earlier today, a huge Eufy privacy breach allowed users to view the live and recorded camera feeds of strangers. Eufy has now responded to this security breach, bizarrely attributing it to a “bug” that has since been fixed. In a thread on Twitter, Eufy wrote: A software bug occurred during our latest […]
Bank of America is testing Paxos Trust's network to settle stock trades quickly using blockchain, plans to roll out to clients if approved as a clearing agency
Bank of America Corp. joined the network created by Paxos Trust Co. to settle stock trades in minutes rather than days by using blockchain, the latest sign of Wall Street’s growing adoption of the technology.
Jerry, a “super app” for car owners that has ~1M US users and is known best for its insurance comparison service, raises $28M Series B led by Goodwater Capital
When Art Agrawal was growing up in India, a car ride was a rare treat, and car ownership was a dream. When he moved to the U.S. and bought his first car, he was shocked by how much it cost and how difficult it was to maintain a car. In 2012, he co-founded a company […]
Analysis: 166 new unicorns have already been created in 2021, up from 163 in all of 2020; Tiger Global has invested in twice as many unicorns as Sequoia Capital
Less than halfway into 2021 there are 166 new unicorn companies, compared to 163 for the whole of 2020. New York-based hedge fund Tiger Global Management is the most active investor in the 2021 crop of new unicorns as well as in private unicorn startups overall.
German smart home company Tado, which says it has installed 1M thermostats to date, raises $46M, intended as the last funding round before a sale or IPO
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As Parler returns to the App Store, its chief policy officer says posts labeled as “hate” by its AI, hidden on iOS, will be viewable on other devices and web
When social media platform Parler comes back to life on Apple’s App Store, it will be designed to be a less offensive version than what users will be able to see elsewhere.
As Epic and Apple face off in the antitrust trial, a snapshot of the app economy behind the fight
The business of delivering apps to users’ smartphones has become a multibillion-dollar business for Apple and Google, the two major gatekeepers that Epic Games is suing over the fees they charge developers.
JD Logistics, the delivery arm of JD.com, plans to raise up to $3.4B in its Hong Kong IPO, beginning trading on May 28
JD Logistics Inc., the delivery arm of e-commerce giant JD.com Inc., is seeking to raise as much as HK$26.4 billion ($3.4 billion) in its Hong Kong initial public offering, seizing on China’s online shopping boom sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
Amazon announces WorkingWell, a new program to educate employees on avoiding injuries and improving mental health, expanding to 1,000 facilities by end of 2021
The online retailer is rolling out safety videos, on-the-job stretching exercises and staff meditation zones.
Sources: Google's plans to match Apple's ATT changes have been delayed by concerns over diminishing mobile ads; source says small changes are expected at I/O
Pressured by Apple’s recent iPhone privacy initiative, Google is accelerating work to limit how app developers can track the 2.5 billion people who use phones powered by its Android software. The efforts are still in flux and have been delayed by internal concerns that such moves will diminish ...